27-Year-Old Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
After racking up 15 sacks in 16 games in 2013, big things were expected from Hardy in Carolina last season, but the NFL's crackdown on domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal threw his c...
Greg Hardy Contract Information:
Signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys in March of 2015.
Hardy was officially reinstated to the Cowboys' active roster after serving his four-game suspension.
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Greg Hardy: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Hardy will miss the first four games of the season, setting him up for a 2015 debut in Week 5 against the Patriots. Once eligible, he'll presumably be the starter at right defensive end.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)He was originally suspended for 10 games, which got reduced to four after an appeal, but following the success of Brady's court challenge Hardy may now be considering the same approach. If he does launch his own challenge, his suspension could be held off until the case is decided, which would make him available for Week 1's game against the Giants.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Expect the club to take it easy on the defensive end until he's 100 percent healthy, but the Cowboys are committed to getting Hardy as many reps as they can in camp given that he's currently set to serve a four-game suspension to begin the season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Much to the Cowboys' delight, Hardy's appeal was successful. He'll still miss the first four weeks of the season, after missing the final 15 games of 2014. If he's still the same player who recorded 26 sacks between the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, the Cowboys will have landed one of the best bargains in free agency, albeit on just a one-year contract. Hardy's probably not worth a look in most IDP leagues, as he's never topped 41 tackles in a season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Per the report, Hardy will appeal his suspension, which ESPN.com notes is the outcome of the league's two-month investigation following the dismissal of the defensive end's domestic violence case. In the absence of a reduction in his suspension, Hardy won't be eligible to suit up in a regular season game with the Cowboys until the team's Week 12 contest against the Panthers.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Hardy continued his ascent as one of the NFL's best young defenders last year, improving his sack total to 15 after posting 11 in 2012, and there's no reason to think he'll slow down from here. Due in part to the four-game suspension of backup end Frank Alexander, there's a good chance Hardy will log a play count in the 900-snap range this year, which would help offset any potential regression in his sack rate. There's also reason to think the Carolina offense will suffer more three-and-outs in 2014 after losing WR Steve Smith and OT Jordan Gross in the offseason, in which case the Carolina defense would likely play more than the 975 snaps it did a year ago. It seems as if Hardy is on the verge of establishing himself as a more-feared defender than fellow end Charles Johnson, but Hardy shouldn't see a disproportionate number of double-teams. The defensive tackle duo of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short is overpowering to the extent that opposing offensive lines might have reason to keep most of their double-team resources on the interior. Just keep an eye on Hardy's May domestic violence charge in case he faces a suspension.
While Charles Johnson is better paid and better known, it's Hardy who looks like the top IDP option among Carolina defensive ends. Hardy came alive in 2012 despite starting only 10 games, finishing with 61 tackles and 11 sacks. Even after his emergence, Hardy should still see favorable blocking scenarios since Johnson will likely remain the primary concern of offensive lines. The addition of the highly talented rookie defensive tackle duo of Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short will be useful for Hardy, as well. Hardy is a former underachiever who fell to the sixth round of the 2010 draft despite clearly possessing first-round talent, so that could make him a bit of a risk, but you'll notice that pretty much every candidate after the top six has a red flag of some sort, be it low tackle totals, injury issues or scheme change. Hardy's upside makes him worth the gamble.
Hardy will start at defensive end, although the Panthers will need him to pick up his production from last season. He had three sacks in the first five weeks of the 2011 season but recorded only one thereafter.
Hardy was involved in a motorcycle accident during the offseason and is trying to regain his form to get back into football shape. New head coach Ron Rivera has stated that Hardy will start opposite Charles Johnson, if he's healthy, but his 2011 season hinges on how quickly he can get that way.
Rookie defensive end has a lot of upside but has been dogged by negative criticism for a perceived bad attitude and work ethic.